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eChineselearning provides a huge number of Chinese resources for Chinese language learners. The materials in this section are designed to teach Chinese to non-native Chinese learners of various skill levels. These basic Chinese language materials are edited by eChineselearning's professional teaching staff. And best of all, they are totally FREE! If you are interested in learning Chinese, the basic Chinese language resources in this section will be of a great use to you!

Ordering food can be intimidating for new learners living in China. Menus are often filled with unusual delicacies, and the Chinese descriptions can seem as strange as the English translations (if you’re lucky enough to have translations). Anyone want some “stir-fried Wikipedia”?
So when it comes time to call the “服务员 (fúwùyuán) waiter ” you ...


Can you differentiate “ian” and “iang”?

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Oh, my god! I win the lottery! Oh, my god! He proposed to me! Oh, my god! I got the signature from Lady Gaga! Oh, my god! …

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Go catch a movie? Not interesting! Shopping? Tired! Calculus lectures? So boring!

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If you want to work in China or for a predominately-Chinese-speaking business, having a high HSK level is basically required. Studying in a Chinese university requires a high HSK as well because you’ll be sitting through Chinese-taught classes. The HSK is like physical proof that you know Chinese. An employer won’t care how great you speak ...


So, are we in agreement? Say so by learning “我也是 (Wǒ yě shì) Me too!” in Chinese. Study the lesson and stick around for some helpful exercises to test your knowledge!

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Late for a party? Tell your friends to hurry up!


It is great! It is awesome! It is wonderful! It is amazing! In Chinese, you can just say “真棒! (Zhēn bàng!)”

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Today we are going to learn a very common word, one you might even use daily. In Chinese, the character “强 (qiáng)” means strong, powerful, or better. It can also be used when ranking things. For example, with “前 (qián)+ Number + 强 (qiáng),” the meaning of changes from strong to the top ranking ...


Chinese is only hard if you don’t have the right mentor to ensure that you acquire the solid foundation you need. If you try learning alone without the guidance of a native speaker, you risk not learning the tones correctly and emphasizing the wrong vocabulary early on.
◆ Learn how to use pinyin. Pinyin is ...


Key Learning Point (Preview):
母亲 (mǔqīn)/妈妈 (māma)/娘 (niáng)/老妈 (lǎomā): mother/mummy/mum

 

"母亲节 (Mǔqīnjié) Mother's Day" is coming soon, have you decided what present to give to your mother? Wouldn't learning to address your mother in Chinese be a big surprise and a sweet gift?
In oral Chinese, there are many ways to say mother, for example, 妈 (mā), 妈妈 ...


When the phone starts to ring, what do you say when you answer? Hi? Hello? What’s up? In China, the most common telephone opener is “喂(wéi),” which is similar to  “Hi!” or “Hello!” It’s a quick way to respond, and it’s easy to remember because it rhymes with “hey.”
Examples:
Wéi, nín hǎo! Wǒ shì Jennifer.
喂, 您   ...


Chinese Yuan? Renmingbi? Yeah…that is what you got to use in China.

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In this fast moving world, people are always busy. And sometimes you just have to wait.

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He broke the sales record this month. She got the scholarship from Princeton University. You are ready to compliment them: “Good job!”

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In the west, there are two common forms of washing: showering or taking a bath. There is this same difference in China over “洗澡(xǐzǎo) bathing,” except instead of it being a preference for one or the other that decide how one bathes, it is if you live in the north or south. That is ...


Facebook, Google, Yahoo… We are really familiar with these famous brand names, aren’t we? Recently, we were asked to coin a brand name for our product. Everyday we racked our minds, rack, rack, rack… How difficult it is to find a perfect name! How do the creators of these brands think up names? Oh, they ...


What would you say if you totally agree with somebody’s opinion?

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"大材小用 (dàcáixiǎoyòng)" literally means "to use big materials to do small things." It is used now to express that talented people are being misused.
Key Learning Point (Preview):
大材小用 (dàcáixiǎoyòng) to waste one's talent on a petty job

 

 

Idiom Story:

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Nánsòng mò, Jīnguó búduàn nán qīn. Xīn Qìjí cānjiāle kàng jīn yìjūn.
南宋        末, 金国    不断     南   侵。辛弃疾 参加了  抗   金 义军。
At the ...


At some point every foreigner must face the Chinese toilet. Try as you might, you’ll one day find yourself hearing nature’s call with no ritzy Western restaurant in sight. And then it’ll happen again, and again, and then again. But never fear! Those public restrooms you’ve seen lingering around the city are always content to ...


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